Conte’s voice brother Oliver Skipp update and the absentees – 5 things we spotted in Spurs training

The international break is coming to an end and Tottenham’s training at Hotspur Way is starting to intensify.

Spurs return to the Premier League on Sunday with plenty to play for as they welcome Newcastle United to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Antonio Conte’s side enter the game fifth in the table, just three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in north London.

The battle for the top four is well and truly on and Conte has begun preparations for a visit from Eddie Howe’s men this weekend. Tottenham released a slew of photos from the training session which took place at the club’s Hotspur Way training complex on Wednesday and here are five things we spotted from the footage.

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Romero fit and fresh

It’s a rare sight for Tottenham – Cristian Romero leaves with Argentina only for the centre-back to return available and fresh for the upcoming games.

Because the 23-year-old has been injured, quarantined or involved in an international prank after his travels with his national team since joining Spurs.

However, this time, despite Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni calling him off as he was banned for two matches, FIFA did not give in to his suspension and instead Romero simply took a trip back to his native country, a few training sessions, then an early return to the UK without any playing time.

He returned to Hotspur Way on Tuesday and in practice photos from the next day’s session he appeared to be in good spirits with Emerson Royal jumping on his and Sergio Reguilon’s back for a piggyback joint.

Romero also showed that his previous international knee and hamstring injuries this season appear to be behind him with big leaps over obstacles during fitness drills.

South American Teqball Battles

Romero also took part in what appeared to be a Teqball match between South America and the UK – a footballing version of table tennis – on Wednesday.

Romero teamed up with Lucas Moura to take on Development Squad players Jamie Bowden and Tobi Omole in a match on the large curved table just outside the exit of the first building’s training grounds. ‘team.

From the look on Lucas’ face when he gave the photographer a thumbs up as they headed inside, the South Americans may have had the upper hand in the game.

Singing Gianluca

Conte was shown giving players instructions, but he wasn’t the only one with a big voice at the Hotspur Way training grounds.

His bespectacled brother Gianluca is an equally passionate guy and the club’s technical and analytical coach was seen with a rolled up roll of paper in his hand and pointing and waving at various players to achieve what he wanted.

The head coach’s brother can be found during matches in the stands of stadiums, watching the tactical layout of the game and often recording it on his tablet in order to quickly show his brother the moments that need to be addressed in mid- time or after the game. . once he saw him give an impassioned lecture to a fellow analyst in a hallway at half-time about how Tottenham had conceded a goal in the 45 minutes they had just witnessed.

Not to be outdone on Wednesday, assistant head coach Cristian Stellini also pointed and shouted, shown giving individual instructions to Lucas Moura as well as Harry Winks at various times during the session.

First-team coach Ryan Mason was also involved in session conversations with the other two coaches.

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Academy players involved

The absence of the club’s international stars on Wednesday following their midweek exploits the previous day meant Spurs’ development squad players continued to strengthen the squad.

Many, like Bowden, Omole and Harvey White, now regularly take part in first-team training sessions, but 18-year-old Norwegian goalkeeper Isak Solberg also had the chance to learn more about life at the top and working with the Spurs keeper. coach Marco Savorani.

Academy product Brandon Austin, now 23, was also shown receiving one-on-one advice from Conte following his new contract this week.

The Absentees and an Update from Oliver Skipp

As these photos were taken on Wednesday rather than Thursday, it meant that all international players would have returned at different times of the day and most would either have had a day off after work or followed by recovery sessions.

Indeed, the club had 21 players involved in international matches on Tuesday, leaving Eric Dier, Reguilon, Romero, Emerson, Winks and Lucas as the senior professionals involved in the session.

There were no signs in the photos of Ben Davies, who returned early from Wales as a precaution with a tight quadruple muscle, Oliver Skipp, who was released with his pelvic problem, Ryan Sessegnon, who has an injury to his hamstrings, or Japhet Tanganga, who is out until the summer following knee surgery. understands that Skipp’s problem continues to improve and that the 21-year-old midfielder is working on the outside. However, he is still doing it alone with the sports science staff rather than his teammates and is expected to be around two weeks away from a return to the first team in mid-April.

Sessegnon could be back around the same time, with Conte saying just before the start of the international break that he would have another scan in four weeks to see if he was ready to return.

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